By Sarah Kitteringham
CALGARY — Thanks to the precarious nature of print deadlines and street dates, our dead-tree edition is hitting the streets a bit late this July (look out for it later this week!), so the shows in this column are starting a bit late too! Hopefully you were not a dummy and did not miss the Canada Day Dayglo Abortions or tonight’s Revenge gigs that both kicked off the month in style.
On Wednesday, July 6th, Distortion will be hosting a black metal gig headlined by Winnipeg’s progressive metallers Noire. Calgary’s Ye Goat Herd Gods and Morley’s Dethgod will open the gig; tickets are $10 at the door.
The weekend of Friday, July 8th is so far utterly jam packed with gigs going down in Calgary. Distortion will host the Southern Alberta Hardcore Fest headlined by Xilbalba; the festival also boasts performances by Grim Vision, WAKE, Putrid Brew, Take Offense, Power, and more. Meanwhile, Emmedia will host an All Ages Anarchist Attack with Victoria’s ISKRA (read our extensive profile on them from last year) , and Overtime Sports Bar will host All Else Fails with The Archon Prophecy, Quietus, and Illuminated Minerva. Over at Vern’s, yours truly has organize a show with recently reunited Edmonton blackened death metal band Rites of Thy Degringolade with Dire Omen, Vaalt, and newly formed death metal act Cultist. Given that the band is officially returning from their 10-year hiatus and this will be their second show since last year’s Covenant Fest, it’s a show you shouldn’t miss!
The eighth annual Armstrong MetalFest will occur once more at 3315 Pleasant Valley Road in Armstrong, B.C. on July 15th until July 17th. With pre-parties going down in several cities, the main weekend event will be a whizbanger featuring camping, 36 bands, “trash wrestling,” a “Beer Helmet March” and general shenanigans. We chatted with co-founder Jesse Valstar to get the inside scoop on the event, which costs $120 in advance. You can check out the lineup at their website.
“The festival started as a backyard party that exploded into a full blown festival!”
Continues Valstar, “After the first year was a success we decided to do it again…. That’s when we made the move to the Armstrong fairgrounds! That was a huge step for us because that when everything kind of got real. We were no longer a backyard party, we were a real event. So we had to do a lot of research on how to a proper event. We had 26 bands that year, and it was a total success! After that year we went to 32 bands, and have been holding steady at 36 bands ever since!
Of the 36 bands performing, all hail from Western Canada. This year, the lineup boasts “Arkenfire, A great power metal band from Kelowna, hard hitting strong band who I think is going to rip it up hard this year,” “Nomad, they are a wicked bush metal band out of Enderby, and “W.M.D, a bunch of young guys thrashing it up out of Calgary!”
We’re already out of space, but don’t forget to head to Terminus: Gravity Fest at the end of the month for an incredibly curated electronic/dark wave/aggressive fest that will go down at Dickens from July 28th until July 31st. Stories on the festival will be peppered throughout different sections of the print magazine due to its multi-genre mandate. Regardless, be sure to check out the fest, featuring performances by Venetian Snares, Cold Cave, Caustic, and more.
Enjoy your summer!AB, Alberta, Calgary metal